Our Scholarship Programme for 2021 entry can be found below. During the application process, our Admissions Team will talk you through the 2021 criteria and the assessments that we have in place to award scholarships.
For September 2021, our scholarships will be in the following areas: Academic, Music, Drama and Sport.
For September 2022, we will launch a brand new Scholarship Programme, details of which will be published in the Summer.
The Music Scholars programme contains:
- Personal goals for solo performance
- Involvement in school community performances
- Participation in instrumental and vocal music
- The opportunity to work on composition with a view to a public performance of the piece OR
- The opportunity to lead a performance (conducting/leading from the front of an ensemble/directing or arranging a performance)
- Another creative project of the pupil’s choice with agreement from the Head of Music
- Setting personal goals
- Handing in work on a regular basis to be marked
Interaction with other Music Scholars
Scholars will attend half-termly meetings with the aim of ensuring:
- They are having an opportunity to listen to a broad range of music
- They are building appropriate vocabulary when talking about music
- They are having an opportunity to attend a wide range of performances
- The sharing of ideas with other Music Scholars
- They are attending live concerts where possible
Music Scholars are expected to contribute to the musical life of the school by participating in a minimum of two ensembles (one should be a vocal ensemble)
They will hold Grade 4 or above in at least one instrument
Applicants should be able to offer a second instrument (voice is considered an instrument)
Pupils should be able to talk about their areas of musical interest and aim to develop into role models for younger pupils who are interested in Music
Applicants will need to send in a video of a (not longer than 2 minutes each) performance on each instrument. Please give approximate grade and say whether it is part of an examination syllabus.
Applicants will be invited to participate in an online chat about their areas of musical interest. This will include discussion about basic theory concepts at approximately Grade 2 ABRSM theory level.
Candidates who excel in at least one of our major sports (football/hockey/rugby/netball/cricket/swimming) to at minimum ‘A’ team standard are invited to apply for a sports scholarship. It will also be beneficial to candidates’ applications if they can demonstrate that they represent at district/county level or above in any of these sports.
Alongside this we are looking for the following individual characteristics:
- Be coachable and willing to quickly implement given feedback.
- Have excellent attitude towards learning both in PE and Sport lessons.
- Demonstrate ambition and drive towards achieving a personal or team goal.
- Be able to make calculated decisions when under pressure.
- Be physically resilient and robust.
- Have positive emotional intelligence and are able to bounce back from setbacks.
- Be willing to take the lead and set an example to their peers.
- Have good communication skills.
- Have met the academic requirements of the school.
Successful candidates will be expected to be ambassadors for Downsend School sport in the following ways:
- Lead by example in all PE & Games sessions by wearing the correct kit, being on time and applying their maximum efforts each and every week.
- Volunteer their time at two sporting fixtures throughout the school year, for example: timekeeping on sports day or helping out at pre-pre or Junior school sport events.
- Attend all scholarship sessions.
- Maintain good regular contact with their superstar mentor.
- Regularly represent the school in sporting fixtures alongside their external sporting commitments.
- Significantly contribute to school sport through extra-curricular activities.
Due to the current pandemic, we are unable to assess children onsite for sports scholarships. Instead we would like to request video footage of them playing sport at a high level so that we can see them demonstrating their skills.
Applicants for Year 9 Scholarships will be expected to have shown commitment to School Drama during Years 7 and 8. This will include (though may not be limited to) School Plays, clubs, competitions etc as well as impressive attainment and positive attitude in curriculum Drama lessons. They will probably have chosen Drama as a GCSE option.
Applicants for Year 7 Scholarships will have taken every opportunity to contribute to School Drama during Years 5 and 6. This will include (though may not be limited to) School Plays, clubs, competitions etc as well as impressive attainment and positive attitude in curriculum Drama lessons.
We are looking for the following individual characteristics:
- A sense of fun
- An understanding of the importance of discipline
- Creative Ambition
- Good team work
- A love of performance
- Good behaviour and attitude to learning
Applicants will be asked to audition (either in person or via video) by learning and rehearsing a monologue and presenting it. Where possible, this will be followed by a group session with other applicants involving improvisation and devising. Applicants will also have a short interview with the Head of Drama to discuss their experience so far, their hopes for the future and why they would be a good Scholar.
For the Academic Scholarship at Downsend School we are seeking young people who demonstrate academic excellence across the curriculum which is driven by a thirst for knowledge, an excitement about learning and who are impatient to investigate the world around them. We look for potential in their ability to critically analyse and problem solve, both independently and collaboratively, across a range of academic disciplines.